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S.B. 281

S.B. No. 281

AN ACT

relating to the confidentiality of the home address information of
the spouses of certain federal judges and certain state judges.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subsection (b), Section 13.0021, Election Code,
is amended to read as follows:
(b) If the registration applicant is a federal judge, a [or]
state judge, or the spouse of a state judge or a federal judge who
seeks to have the applicant’s residence address omitted from the
registration list, the applicant shall include with the application
an affidavit stating that the applicant is a federal judge or state
judge or the spouse of a federal judge or state judge.
SECTION 2. Subsections (c) and (d), Section 13.004,
Election Code, are amended to read as follows:
(c) The following information furnished on a registration
application is confidential and does not constitute public
information for purposes of Chapter 552, Government Code:
(1) a social security number;
(2) a Texas driver’s license number;
(3) a number of a personal identification card issued
by the Department of Public Safety;
(4) an indication that an applicant is interested in
working as an election judge; or
(5) the residence address of the applicant, if the
applicant is a federal judge or state judge, as defined by Section
13.0021, or the spouse of a federal judge or state judge, and
included an affidavit with the registration application under
Section 13.0021 or the registrar has received an affidavit
submitted under Section 15.0215.
(d) The voter registrar or other county official who has
access to the information furnished on a registration application
may not post the following information on a website:
(1) a telephone number;
(2) a social security number;
(3) a driver’s license number or a number of a personal
identification card;
(4) a date of birth; or
(5) the residence address of a voter who is a federal
judge or state judge, as defined by Section 13.0021, or the spouse
of a federal judge or state judge, if the voter included an
affidavit with the application under Section 13.0021 or the
registrar has received an affidavit submitted under Section
15.0215.
SECTION 3. Subsection (b), Section 15.0215, Election Code,
is amended to read as follows:
(b) A federal judge, a [or] state judge, or the spouse of a
federal judge or state judge who is registered to vote may at any
time submit to the registrar of the county in which the judge
resides an affidavit stating that the voter is a federal judge or
state judge or the spouse of a federal judge or state judge.
SECTION 4. Subsection (d), Section 15.081, Election Code,
is amended to read as follows:
(d) Notwithstanding Subsection (b), the suspense list may
not contain the residence address of a voter who is a federal judge,
a [or] state judge, or the spouse of a federal judge or state judge,
if the voter included an affidavit with the voter’s registration
application under Section 13.0021 or the registrar received an
affidavit submitted under Section 15.0215 before the list was
prepared. In this subsection, “federal judge” and “state judge”
have the meanings assigned by Section 13.0021.
SECTION 5. Subsection (c), Section 18.005, Election Code,
is amended to read as follows:
(c) The original or supplemental list of registered voters
may not contain the residence address of a voter who is a federal
judge, a [or] state judge, or the spouse of a federal judge or state
judge, if the voter included an affidavit with the voter’s
registration application under Section 13.0021 or the registrar
received an affidavit submitted under Section 15.0215 before the
list was prepared. In this subsection, “federal judge” and “state
judge” have the meanings assigned by Section 13.0021.
SECTION 6. Subsection (b), Section 18.066, Election Code,
is amended to read as follows:
(b) Information furnished under this section may not
include:
(1) a voter’s social security number; or
(2) the residence address of a voter who is a federal
judge or state judge, as defined by Section 13.0021, or the spouse
of a federal judge or state judge, if the voter included an
affidavit with the voter’s registration application under Section
13.0021 or the applicable registrar has received an affidavit
submitted under Section 15.0215.
SECTION 7. Subsection (a), Section 25.025, Tax Code, as
amended by Chapters 594 (H.B. 41), 621 (H.B. 455), and 851 (H.B.
1141), Acts of the 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007, is
reenacted and amended to read as follows:
(a) This section applies only to:
(1) a current or former peace officer as defined by
Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure;
(2) a county jailer as defined by Section 1701.001,
Occupations Code;
(3) an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice;
(4) a commissioned security officer as defined by
Section 1702.002, Occupations Code;
(5) a victim of family violence as defined by Section
71.004, Family Code, if as a result of the act of family violence
against the victim, the actor is convicted of a felony or a Class A
misdemeanor; [and]
(6) a federal judge, a [or] state judge, or the spouse
of a federal judge or state judge;
(7) [(6)] a current or former employee of a district
attorney, criminal district attorney, or county or municipal
attorney whose jurisdiction includes any criminal law or child
protective services matters; and
(8) [(6)] an officer or employee of a community
supervision and corrections department established under Chapter
76, Government Code, who performs a duty described by Section
76.004(b) of that code.
SECTION 8. This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.

______________________________ ______________________________
President of the Senate Speaker of the House

I hereby certify that S.B. No. 281 passed the Senate on
April 21, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0.

______________________________
Secretary of the Senate

I hereby certify that S.B. No. 281 passed the House on
May 26, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 144, Nays 0, one
present not voting.

______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House

Approved:

______________________________
Date

______________________________
Governor

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